Judge Michael J. Cuzzo


Judge Cuzzo is chambered in Lake County, but he also serves Cook County District Court and can be reached there at (218) 387-3610.


Elected in 2010, 2016, and 2022. Current term expires in Jan. 2029.


J.D. – University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1983

B.S. – University of Minnesota-Duluth, magna cum laude, 1980

Duluth Denfeld High School, 1976


Judge, Sixth Judicial District, 2011-present

Cuzzo & Envall, P.A. (formerly Cuzzo, Bradt & Envall)

Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum, McCoy & Carey, Ltd., Attorney

Petersen, Sage & Cuzzo (formerly Gruesen, Petersen & Sage)

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association

Sixth Judicial District Administrative Committee and Children’s Justice Initiative Committee

Lake/Cook County Children’s Justice Initiative Committee

Duluth Trial Lawyers Association (past president and member)

Minnesota Association for Justice (past member)

Professional and Community Activities (past and present):

High School and College Mock Trial Coach and Judge

Frequent speaker at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Programs

Guest Lecturer at High Schools and Colleges

Duluth Area YMCA – Board of Directors, Chair of Day Camp Committee, Child Mentor through YMCA’s Mentor Duluth Program, Y’s Service Club

Family of God Lutheran Church – Church Council member, Team Leader and Speaker for Church Discovery Weekend

Volunteer Attorney Program

Men’s Downtown Bible Study (Founding Member)

Volunteer Coach – soccer and little league

Duluth Community Chaplaincy – Board of Directors (past chair)

Community Bible Study (Group Leader)

Additional Information:

Judge Cuzzo loves time at home and at “the lake” with his family, is a pretty good fisherman, and loves hunting, camping, and anything outdoors. He also loves listening to live music, especially the blues.